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Costa Rica: A Journey Through Nature
A magnificent illustrated testimony to Costa Rica's fragile beauty.
Costa Rica: A Journey through Nature is a hard cover coffee-table book packed with stunning photographs from Costa Rica that represent 13 years of field work.
This exquisite book of photographs, brilliant in color and enchanting in subject, takes readers on a personal journey through the jewelled treasure that is Costa Rica. Images of spacious beaches, muddy river banks, crystal clear waterfalls, and lush jungles adorned with tropical blooms and prehistoric plants will stay in the reader's mind for a long time to come.
The book is organized by region -- the Central Divide, Guanacaste, the Central Pacific, the Osa Peninsula, the North Caribbean and the South Caribbean. It closes with a discussion on conservation and responsible tourism. Like an informed tour guide, the extended captions provide interesting facts and valuable context, all from the perspective of the author / photographer.
Highlights on the journey include Arenal, one of the world's most active volcanoes, Tortuguero National Park, where a lone jaguar trots across the sand, giant tree ferns -- evolutionary relics that predate flowering plants - in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, a blood-scarlet passion flower emerging through leaf litter, a partially submerged crocodile, its riveting stare fixed on the photographer and poison arrow frogs, vividly painted in deadly reds, blues and greens.
Overflowing with brilliant page-filling photographs and informative text, this book is as close as one can get to Costa Rica without a passport.
Hardcover: 204 pages
Author: Adrian Hepworth
Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
Wild Costa Rica: The Wildlife and Landscapes of Costa Rica
The small Central American country of Costa Rica—less than one-eighth the size of California—boasts the highest density of plant and animal species in the world. Its wild and rugged landscapes include dense rainforests where jaguars roam, a volcano that spews rivers of molten lava, and beaches as unspoiled as they were when Christopher Columbus first anchored his ships off the Caribbean coast in 1502. Costa Rica's rich biodiversity is the result of a hugely varied topography that creates a wide range of natural habitats, and of the presence of animals and plants native to both North and South America. In Wild Costa Rica, photographer Adrian Hepworth explores the natural riches of Costa Rica, providing engaging reports from the field and more than 200 stunning color photographs.
We learn about Costa Rica's rainforest, cloudforest, and paramo (high, treeless plain); the abundance of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects these habitats support; and the country's network of protected areas—a system of parks, reserves, and refuges that makes up over twenty percent of Costa Rica's land. These areas—including such flagship wildlife-watching locations as Tortuguero and Corcovado—attract more than a million visitors every year. The money generated by responsible eco-tourism is central to the survival of Costa Rica's wild places.
Hepworth's photographs show us breathtaking vistas introduce us to distinctive native wildlife, including the scarlet macaw, the resplendent quetzal, the three-toed sloth, and spider and howler monkeys. Wild Costa Rica gives us a fascinating picture of the most biologically diverse country in the world.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Author: Adrian Hepworth
Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
About the Author
Adrian Hepworth is a British wildlife photographer who has lived and worked in Costa Rica since 1993. For a second time, he was one of the winners in this year's BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and his work appears regularly in international publications and advertisements.
$21 - Wild Costa Rica: The Wildlife and Landscapes of Costa Rica
$26 - Costa Rica: A Journey through Nature